For the arts lovers who want become arts fighters, many of you are probably saying, “Let’s fight to keep arts in our public schools! Umm…wait…how do we actually do that?”
Indeed, wanting to fight for a cause can be an awesome feeling. However, knowing where to get started can be daunting.
The best way to join the battle to keep arts education in schools is by getting involved with your local school board. Believe it or not, school boards are one of the purist forms of democracy we have in America.
Citizens of a community or district have direct access to school board members. That’s pretty major when you consider the subjects at hand:
1. Our children, our greatest resource
2. Education, the great equalizer in this country
In general, the responsibilities of a local school board include maintaining the local school system structure; developing curriculum; meeting both state and federal standards for public schools; approving the school district’s budget; establishing educational objectives; being involved in the administration of the school district for accountability purposes; and serving as an open forum for the citizens’ input regarding education, reflecting the values and culture of their community.
Now that you know a little about how local school boards operate, how do you get involved? Read the rest of this entry »